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Encyclopedia > Department of Education Organization Act

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Mission


Congress established the U.S. Department of Education (ED) on May 4, 1980, in the Department of Education Organization Act (Public Law 96-88 of October 1979). Under this law, ED's mission is to:


Strengthen the Federal commitment to assuring access to equal educational opportunity for every individual;


Supplement and complement the efforts of states, the local school systems and other instrumentalities of the states, the private sector, public and private nonprofit educational research institutions, community-based organizations, parents, and students to improve the quality of education;


Encourage the increased involvement of the public, parents, and students in Federal education programs;


Promote improvements in the quality and usefulness of education through Federally supported research, evaluation, and sharing of information;


Improve the coordination of Federal education programs;


Improve the management of Federal education activities; and


Increase the accountability of Federal education programs to the President, the Congress, and the public.


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United States Department of Education - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (0 words)
The United States Department of Education was created in 1979 (by PL 96-88) as a Cabinet-level department of the United States government, and began operating in 1980.
Unlike the educational system of many other countries, education in the United States is highly decentralized, and the federal government and Department of Education are not heavily involved in determining curriculum or educational standards.
Throughout the 1980s, the abolition of the Department of Education was a part of the Republican Party platform, but several Republican administrations declined to implement this idea, and by the 1990s there was bipartisan support for the continuation of the department.
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